This release from new Italian label TRJ Records is a delightful collection of "gitane" gypsy jazz from three musicians, each established in his own right. "Le Trio Gitan" are: Luciano Poli, alla chitarra acustica (Gitan) (acoustic gyspy guitar), Titti Castrini alla fisarmonica (accordion) and Mauro Sereno al contrabbasso (bass).
Luciano Poli was born in Brescia in 1966. He studied under various teachers and has recorded with numerous bands. He is a teacher, guitarist, and composer.
Contrabassist Mauro Sereno, perhaps best-noted for his new-age recordings on the Azzura label, has participated in many music and film projects, and performed with various bands and musicians.
Vincenzo "Titti" Castrini, accordian player extraordinaire, also practically a household name in Italian country musicians, having worked and performed in countless projects and music festivals, brings the authentic and traditional nature of the accordion to this project, along with a few modern twists and turns of his own.
This CD is a wonderful assortment of traditional tunes, along with a few enjoyable surprises. Each musician contributes his own compositional talents to the mix, which results in a delightful, engaging, and entertaining collection of Italian gypsy folk jazz. Tracks of special note are: Poli’s "No Gigs," a playful, lively excursion that changes moods and pace with grace and ease, "Ananda Waltz," Sereno’s deeply moving and technically elegant contribution, and Castrini’s enchanting, swinging, high-energy infused "Walzerom."